Sermon Notes & References

“Hallowed Be Thy Name”

Matthew 6:9-13

June 17, 2018

A. Hallowing God’s Name

    1. The Choice of a Title

 

    2. The idea in “Hallowed”

 

    3. Prayer is Worship 1

 

B. The Name of God

    1. What is God’s Name? 2

 

    2. His Name is Representative 3

 

C. Holiness to His Name

    1. Hallowed – be sanctified 4

 

    2. This prayer’s request


1 Matthew 6:9-13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  “Hallowed Be Thy Name”

“Sambahin nawa ang pangalan mo.”

“May your holy name be honoured.”

A. Hallowing God’s Name

    1. Choosing a Title

        a. when one chooses a title for a sermon (or for an article, a book, &c)

            (A)    one tries to have something short (though the sermon is long!)

            (B)    something that captures the idea of the message

            (C)   so that the content and application of a verse or passage or subject can be easily remembered

        b. As I came to this part if the ‘Lord’s’ prayer

            (A)    I wondered what clever titles had some other pastors used

            (B)    and I found that most just used the text, itself – as I have

            (C)   and, in fact, looking at various translations of this phrase

                 (1)    I found that they were nearly all the same

                 (2)    even some of the most modern

                 (3)    changing only the “Thy” to “Your”

            (D)   in most translations – and other languages – only 4 or 5 words

                 (1)    showing how concise is this lesson from the Lord on prayer

                 (2)    illustrating that we are not heard for our much speaking

                 (3)    and if the rendering is longer, it is but to explain in part that special word, “Hallowed”, as for example, “May your holy name be honoured.” (Good News Bible)

 

    2. The Idea in “Hallowed”

        a. though we all may not be able to give a dictionary definition of this word, yet I think that we all have a sense of its meaning

            (A)    you might substitute such words as revere, respect, fear, be in awe

            (B)    it certainly reminds us that we should be careful of how we use the Name of God and of how we should approach God in prayer

        b. According to Martin Lloyd-Jones, The word “hallowed” means “to sanctify, or to revere, or to make and keep holy.” 2 – but, all these words only scratch the surface of what is these words are saying

            (A)    neither shall we plumb their depths nor exhaust their meaning

            (B)    but we shall enlarge upon them in a few moments

        c. now in the Lord’s instruction on prayer

            (A)    this is the first of seven petitions (some count 6; some 7)

                 (1)    the first three are God-ward

                     (a)    one: hallowed be Thy Name

                     (b)    two: Thy kingdom come

                     (c)    three: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven

                 (2)    the last four are man-ward

                 (3)    similar the Ten Words, or Commandments, where the first four are man’s duties God-ward, the rest, man-ward

            (B)    and as a petition, it is a request for something that God will do

                 (1)    literally we are asking God: “Let Your Name be sanctified

                 (2)    it is not something that we are to accomplish

                 (3)    yet it is something, as we shall see, that involves us

                 (4)    for we are asking God to accomplish this in us

 

    3. Prayer Is Worship

        a. these words in the model prayer make this fact clear

            (A)    the fact that the first three petitions are all God-ward

                 (1)    they ask for that which will bring Him glory and praise

                 (2)    by praying they admit that they are beyond our power

                 (3)    and so they emphasise this truth

            (B)    this first petition, that God cause His Name to be sanctified

                 (1)    turns our thoughts outward from the first person: “I, me”

                 (2)    (oh yes, He is indeed OUR Father)

                 (3)    to turn our eyes upward to God, preeminently Number One

                 (4)    and to see He is far above and beyond just being our Father

            (C)   Our Father” brings in the intimacy of our worship

                 (1)    not on account of what we have done

                 (2)    but “to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us [literally: ‘He has graced us’] in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6)

        b. Hallowed be Thy Name” brings us to the reverence of our worship

            (A)    the recognition of the great chasm between the Creator of the universe & we His creation

            (B)    it is hard to categorize Albert Einstein’s religious beliefs for he seemed so sceptical about the church

                 (1)    Charles Misner, a theoretical physicist in Einstein’s field has made this comment: 3

                 (2)    “The design of the universe … is very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted. In fact, I believe that is why Einstein had so little use for organized religion, although he strikes me as a basically very religious man. He must have looked at what the preacher said about God and felt that they were blaspheming. He had seen much more majesty than they had ever imagined, and they were just not talking about the real thing. My guess is that he simply felt that religions he’d run across did not have proper respect … for the Author of the universe.”

                 (3)    John Piper comments on this statement: The charge of blasphemy is loaded. The point is to pack a wallop behind the charge that in our worship services God simply doesn't come through for who he is. He is unwittingly belittled. For those who are stunned by the indescribable magnitude of what God has made, not to mention the infinite greatness of the One who made it, the steady diet on Sunday morning of practical “how to's”, psychological soothing, relational therapy and tactical planning seem dramatically out of touch with Reality - the God of overwhelming greatness.

        c. this first request is that this realisation of the overwhelming greatness of God should become universal

 

B. The Name of God

    1. What Is God’s Name?

        a. of course those of you who have read the OT have a ready answer:

            (A)    in the calling of Moses by God to be His agent in delivering Israel from Egypt, Moses asks what he shall say when the people ask him, “What is His Name?”

            (B)    And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” And God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.’ (Exodus 3:14-15)

            (C)   Later God says to Moses: “and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, Lord, I did not make Myself known to them.” (Exodus 6:3) – Explain “Lord” = YHWH in OT

            (D)   but Abraham did know the Name, “Lord” (e.g. Genesis 21.33)

            (E)    The Patriarchs had known God in His power,

                 (1)    Lord as the giver of covenant promises

                 (2)    Israel would know Lord as the One who personally fulfilled those covenant promises taking them into the land of promise

        b. the OT Compound Names of “Jehovah” give us further insight

            (A)    Jehovah-jireh – “The Lord will Provide” as a ram was provided for sacrifice in place of Isaac (Gen 22:14)

            (B)    Jehovah-nissi – “The Lord my Banner” (Ex 17:15)

            (C)   Jehovah-shalom – “The Lord send Peace” (Jud 6:24)

            (D)   Jehovah-tsidkenu – “The Lord our Righteousness” (Jer 23:6)

            (E)    each of these reveal to us something of the character of God

        c. so you can go through the Bible to discover more and more about God as you read His Names: Almighty, Eternal God, Fortress, Rock; so on

            (A)    there are many such names given to God the Father

            (B)    but also to the Holy Spirit: Comforter, of Truth, of Adoption, etc.

            (C)   and to the Son of God – I heard a sermon once by a southern preacher, of which a large part consisted of praise to Jesus under the 90 or so names that He is called in Scripture

        d. for you and me, our names are used to identify us

            (A)    they distinguish us as individuals as individuals from one another

            (B)    but the God’s Name is not merely for His identification

            (C)   but rather …

 

    2. His Name is Representative

        a. that is, when we speak of the Name of God

        b. we are referring

            (A)    to His very innermost nature

            (B)    to His character – who He really IS

            (C)   to His attributes – what distinguishes Him from all else

        c. so then, when we speak of God’s Name

            (A)    we are speaking of God Himself

            (B)    who has revealed Himself to mankind in His holy Scriptures

            (C)   and as the ultimate revelation “in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.” (Hebrews 1:2)

        d. Hallowed be thy Name:” O God may your very Self be sanctified!

 

C. Holiness to His Name

    1. Hallowed – Be Sanctified

        a. the fundamental idea in holiness or being sanctified is separation

            (A)    the term is applied to believers in Jesus Christ

                 (1)    but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behaviour;” (1 Peter 1:15)

                 (2)    for us it has a limited sense

                 (3)    being separated from the guilt and wrong-doing of sin

                 (4)    being separated unto God from the world

                 (5)    and for us it is an objective, a goal of our salvation

            (B)    but for God holiness is absolutely a present reality

                 (1)    as Creator, He stands aloof and independent of His creation

                 (2)    He is, as Malachi reminds us, the unchangeable God

                 (3)    He is already perfect

                 (4)    so there is not way that He can be any holier

                 (5)    what then are we praying for?

        b. consider the matter of His absolute separation

            (A)    absolutely separate in terms of His excellence

                 (1)    there is none to compare to His majesty

                 (2)    there is none to compare to His lovingkindness

                 (3)    there is none to compare to His wisdom

                 (4)    there is none to compare to His sovereignty; and on, and on

            (B)    absolutely separate in terms of His Being

                 (1)    none is like Him in His Triune nature

                 (2)    none is like Him in His eternality

                 (3)    none is like Him in His omniscience

                 (4)    … in His omnipotence

                 (5)    … in His omnipresence

                 (6)    none is like Him in His Self-existence: “I AM THAT I AM”

            (C)   so we can sing of our Lord,

No mortal can with Him compare

Among the sons of men;

Fairer is He than all the fair

Who fill the heav'nly train 4

 

    2. This Prayer’s Request

        a. with these words what we are praying for is really this:

        b. that what is indeed fact: the holiness of God in every aspect of His holy Being – the exaltation and excellence that is His alone

            (A)    should be recognized throughout the whole universe

            (B)    not merely in a few religious catch phrases that roll glibly off our tongues on a Sunday morning

            (C)   or repetitious choruses to a lilting tune

            (D)   but that all creation should be driven to its knees, confessing in awe – as one day it will – that He is King of kings, Lord of lords

        c. in one sense, this is a missionary prayer

            (A)    that the church, in carrying out her great commission

            (B)    should turn the hearts of rebel mankind to recognise the truth

            (C)   and through faith in Jesus Christ come to be God’s people

            (D)   so to join those who recognize God’s great holiness

        d. finally, this is a prayer of self-dedication

            (A)    that God would make us increasingly aware of Himself

            (B)    Pastor Don Horban of Cedarview Community Church, Newmarket, in preaching on these words, gives four practical ways in which we are asking that God should hallow His Name in us: 5

                 (1)    that we never rest but desire to increase in understanding God

                 (2)    that we rejoice in God more than in anything else

                 (3)    that we reflect His passion for this world dying without God

                 (4)    that we are filled with zeal to worship God in spirit and in truth

        e. and with these thoughts we close this morning


Footnotes

Endnotes

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© 2018 by Garth Hutchinson, Faith Fellowship Baptist Church of Aurora (Ontario): may be distributed or quoted freely, only let this be done to the glory “of the great God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ” (Titus ii.13). Except as noted otherwise, quotations are from the New American Standard version, used by permission. Various other English versions of the Holy Bible may be used in this sermon. Explanatory additions to the Bible text are shown in [braces]. Version identifiers are:

 

              AV          Authorized (King James) Version of 1769

              NAS        New American Standard version © 1960, 1995 The Lockman Foundation (usually the 1995 edition)

              NIV         New International Version © 1984 by the International Bible Society

              NKJV              New King James Version © 1979 Thomas Nelson Inc., Publishers

              NLT         New Living Translation © 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust

              NRSV             New Revised Standard Version © 1989 Division of Christian Education of national Council of Churches of Christ

              JBP         The New Testament in Modern English, J. B. Phillips, Geoffrey Bles Ltd

              RSV        Revised Standard Version © 1946, 1952 National Council of Churches of Christ; Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd

              UBS        Greek text of the United Bible Societies; particularly that published in 1954 by The British and Foreign Bible Society

              WEY               The New Testament in Modern Speech © 1902, 1912 R. F. Weymouth


Some of the commentaries and resources used in the preparation of this message are identified as follow:


              Barnes –  Notes on the New Testament by Alfred E. Barnes

              Calvin –   Commentaries on the Bible, by Jean Calvin; translated into English & published in the Online Bible.

              EBC             The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, © 1986 Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 49530, MI:

              EGT             The Expositor’s Greek Testament, Hodder & Stoughton; 1903

              JFB  -      Commentary on the Old and New Testaments, Jamieson, Fausset & Brown; S. S. Scranton & Co. 1872

              Gill       Exposition of the Old Testament, Exposition of the New Testament, by John Gill, D.D.

              Kerux –   The sermon & illustration data base compiled by Rev. David Holwick at the web-site, www.holwick.com.

              Lightfoot –      Commentary on the New Testament by Bishop John Lightfoot

              RWP             Robertson’s Word Pictures of the New Testament, by Dr. A. T. Robertson

              TTB      Thinking Through the Bible, Rev’d John McNicol, D.D., © 1944 by the author; The Upper Canada Tract & Book Society.

2

D. Martin Lloyd-Jones, The Sermon on the Mount, Copyright by Inter-Varsity Fellowship, Printed by Eerdmans Printing Company, Grand Rapids, Page 59

3

‘The Supremacy of God In Missions Through Worship’ by John Piper, Kerux illustration #3808

4

‘Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned’ by Samuel Stennett (1727-1795)

5

From ‘The Lord’s Prayer,’ a sermon by Rev. Don Horban – Kerux sermons # 11771